Vintage Gibson A3 Mandolin w/ Carved Spruce & Birch Pre-Owned 1917 ID-12927

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13 7/8"
Nut Width:
1 1/8"
Carved Spruce
Birch w/ Red Mahogany Stain
In Stock

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Gibson A3 Mandolin 1917

At the turn of the century, Orville Gibson of Kalamazoo Michigan, took the mandolin and reinvented it.  Prior to this point the standard mandolin had a bowl shaped back, referred to as the Neapolitan Style.  Orville created two new basic styles of mandolins, the “A” and the “F”.  These have become the standard styles of today’s mandolins.  Inspired by the construction of violins, Orville used a carved back and a carved top in an arched shape. 

A few years later, when the Gibson Co. was formed, the “A” and “F” paired with a number indicated the quality of materials and ornamentation.  The models ranged from the basic “A” and “F” to the highest end, most ornate “A4” and “F4”.

This 1917 Gibson A3is a great example of Gibson's Inovation and quality.  Displaying beautiful craftsmanship, it is clear why these mandolins are so desirable.  With a carved spruce top over a Birch back and sides this mandolin has the beautiful voice that one would expect from a quality mandolin over 100 years old.  The oval sound hole makes for an instrument that is both open and responsive. 

This Gibson A plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound - this would be a good session instrument. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. It plays wonderfully, has a great loud "chop", and a beautiful warm sound.

This remarkable piece of Gibson history would be a great instrument for collectors and musicians alike.  Check out the specs on this vintage mandolin.

This Pre-Owned Mandolin is in Good Condition with all the wear and tear you would expect from a vintage instrument that is over 100 years old. There are 2 repaired cracks, scratches, and dings all over the instrument and still plays like a dream!

Go ahead and take a look at some of our other high quality  Pre-Owned Mandolins.